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Introducing ....... Dwell by Cheryl!

Well, at long last, here we are.  It’s January 1, 2012 and Dwell by Cheryl Interiors is officially in business! 

I’ve been trying desperately to recall when it was I first fell in love with decorating.  I just can’t seem to put my finger on a specific time.  The best I can come up with was when my Grandma would appease me by making drapes and throw pillows to coordinate with my store bought comforter sets for my dorm room.  Think pre-Ikea and Target dorm product lines. I can even recall being awarded the “Best Decorated Room” in my dormitory at Tennessee State during my Junior and Senior years.  While my love for design certainly reaches back beyond college, how I got from having a knack for it, to owning a business; only God knows.  Nevertheless, I’m thrilled about this new venture. 

So, just so you know, professionally I’m a Registered Dietitian, who works by day in Human Resources more specifically Diversity at a large company.  However, when the bell tolls 5:00 p.m. (or so), I transform into a decorating machine.  I think when you’ve dreamt of doing something for so long, eventually you just get sick and tired of dreaming about it and you  decide to just do it.  So with a little encouragement from a special someone and a few open doors from The Almighty, here I am. So let’s get to it….

Trying to determine what to blog about on this, my first official post, was no easy feat.  Ultimately, I decided since were just getting acquainted with one another I’d show you some of the things I’ve done in my own home in a brief segment I like to call:

Dwell by Cheryl’s

Tips for Creating a Fresh Home for the New Year

1.       Do something! I’m amazed at how many people live in their homes for years on end without so much as painting a wall.  Just about anything is better than builder basic.

2.      Buy what you love!  I think many of us get caught up in trying to decipher, “What will I do with it?”, “Where will it go?”, etc.  If you love it, buy it!  Work out the details later.

Case in point…

                           A steal at a consignment store and just too comfy to pass up
Found a home in my kitchen, of all places

3.       Resist the temptation to buy the entire set. There’s no need for all of your furniture to “match”.  Quite frankly, I prefer for my home to not look like I bought a room to go. 

I found my coffee table at the neighborhood
dumpster at my previous home

4.      Wallpaper ain’t what it used to be.  In my humble opinion this is one of the easiest ways to add impact to a room.

  One of my favorite prints used here in my guest room and in a friend’s nursery
(More to come in a later post)

5.      Fear not, there’s not much you can do that can’t be undone.  Never let fear paralyze you when it comes to design (or anything else for that matter).  What’s the worst that could happen?  You have to do it again?   

 My fresh front door color

  My HOA mandated redo
Tell you all about it soon.

I hope these simple tips provided a little inspiration to get going on all of those decorating projects you’ve been putting off.   After all, it’s 2012 people, let’s Dwell. 

Happy New Year! 

Special Thanks to:
Elegant Custom Blogs
MEG Photography
Rev. Barbara Peacock
Michelle Scott
Charles and Dondra Page
Michael Williamson

"Dwell By Cheryl " Coming Soon!

Have you ever flipped through these….


…longing to have a home that looked like those featured on the pages.  More than likely, you accepted the fact that it was a feat either too difficult or too expensive to ever accomplish.  Well, your days of longing are finally over.  I’m Cheryl of Dwell by Cheryl Interiors and I specialize in making the seemingly unattainable, affordable.  Beginning Sunday, January 1, 2012, I’ll chronicle my design tips, tricks and tried and true tactics for creating fabulous spaces on a real world budget.  Click HERE to subscribe and receive alerts and be the first in the discount decorating know.  Look forward to meeting you in January….
Here's just  a taste of what's to come....

Sunburst Mirrors: The Look for Less


I am unequivocally in love with sunburst mirrors right now.  I'm even thinking of making my own fashioned out of a small round mirror and discarded silverware or tree bark, for my Principles and Elements of Design final project.  Besides, a sunburst mirror exhibits radial symmetry and that's a design principle, right?
Anyway, I thought I'd share one way to achieve the look for less.

$229.91 at Lamps Plus (38" diameter)

$21.77 at Target (23" diameter)
I don't know about you, but I'm thinking a few inches is probably not worth $208.14 for me. 
You make the call. 

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